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Firehouse Art Center May Exhibits, and our Summer Artist Residency | Press Release


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May Exhibits

Main Gallery:  In “One Thing and Then Another” the Firehouse presents four painters addressing the gray spaces between ideas and reality. While looking at the world around us, we see one thing, and then another.

Featuring work by Joseph Cavalieri, Samantha Fisher, Mark Farrell and Sierra Montoya Barela. All four artists draw from childhood and memory, combining the real and the absurd – achieving through painting a cumulative expression of what it’s like to love the world as a child and then reflect as an adult, blending a mature perspective with the cultural aesthetics and naive playfulness of youth.

South Gallery:  The FIrehouse Art Center presents a tongue-in-cheek homage to one of “America’s Most Okayest Presidents.” Featuring educational tidbits and contributed work from Longmont and beyond. The Grover Cleveland Art Appreciation Society has what is likely America’s largest collection of contemporary Grover Cleveland themed art, with over 200 pieces – a selection of which will be on display in the Firehouse South Gallery. It was founded in 2018 to support and encourage developing artists. The Society is inspired by Grover Cleveland’s quote, “Someday I’ll be better remembered.”

Summer Artist Residency

This summer the Firehouse Art Center welcomes our newest artist-in-residence, Janelle W. Anderson, to take over the South Gallery as a studio space from June through August. The Artist Occupied program aims to share the creative process with visitors to the space through a behind-the-scenes approach in presenting Anderson’s work- ing methods. She will be present in the gallery every Saturday from 12-5.

Janelle W. Anderson creates paintings and drawings that relate to dreams, memory, consciousness, perception of time, existentialism, and the human condition. Using symbols, metaphors, and various design elements to create a collage-like aesthetic with representational imagery, Anderson’s work conveys a contemporary, dream-like sense of storytelling. Anderson has lived in Denver for 11 years and received a BFA in Painting from Metro State College of Denver in 2011. She has shown her work in galleries throughout the US and was a member of Pirate: Contemporary Art for 4 years.

Throughout the residency Anderson will solicit image submissions from the public, to use on constructing her full gallery installation titled “All Together Now.” Composed of collage-like paintings on different sized supports. The collage elements are in the paintings as well as in the different shaped supports that link together. The painting will continue off the supports and onto the walls of the gallery, creating a continuous piece that is site specific. This residency is supported in part by our partnership with NeST Studio for the Arts.

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